The model 1221 accommodates two Pentium III processors running at 1GHz, as much as 4GB of memory, two SCSI hard drives, and comes with three built-in 100Mbps Ethernet ports. Prices range from $2,800 for a basic model to more than $7,300 for a system with two 1GHz chips and 2GB of memory.
VA is directing attention toward its "cluster management" software, called VACM, which lets administrators manage or monitor a large bunch of servers in one fell swoop.
In February, VA announced it would lay off a quarter of its staff, about 114 job cuts total. In April, the Fremont, Calif., company warned revenue would be lower than expected for the third quarter in a row.
VA competes with Dell Computer, IBM, Compaq Computer and Hewlett-Packard, all of which offer comparable rack-mounted servers.
The new 1221 is an improvement over earlier slim, rack-mountable designs from VA that offered less memory and other features. In January, VA cut prices with an improved single-processor 1.75-inch-thick model as well.